CD (November 10, 1996)
Original Release Date: November 10, 1996
Saltwater Naomi DeBruyn - Editor, Linear Reflections: www.linearreflections.com Victoria, BC, Canada, 5 / 2002 E.V .

Djolé is pronounced "jo-lay" and it is the word which the Mandinka people of West Africa use to describe the joy of life. This is something that is captured in the music which this wonderfully explorative and innovative group perform. Djolé is comprised of Niel Golden, Joby Baker, Doug Galbraith, Scott Sheerin, Sara Marreiros, and Tobin Stokes. Also joining them for this disc are Michael Baron, Dean Samuel, Stephen Kent, Danuel Tate, and Enrique Rivas. Together they perform some musical magic, wandering through new territory with their "timeless sound interwoven with jazz influences." Each track draws forth something new and unique from the listener's perspective, as well. There are a number of diverse and unique instruments used on this disc, far too many to name here, however you could pretty well travel the world through their use. Sara adds a poignant haunting effect to a number of the tracks with her vocal twinings, and gives greater depth to the already enriching pieces. "Cadboro Bay" is a place which is very familiar to me. I spent many summers there as I was growing up, as it was only a mile or so from my home. The tidal flow is captured with the melody, and Sara's vocals carry you along like a refreshing ocean breeze. It is a track which I found to be both relaxing and invigorating. A light and jazzy refrain is found in "Sutukum," a traditional piece. The soprano saxophone takes center stage, the notes pouring forth from it dancing about and above the melody, with the beat being kept by a Moroccan frame drum. Add in a Fender Rhodes and you have a rather incongruous blend, but it is quite pleasing to both the ears and soul. The final track on this disc is "The Idea of Earth," an original Djolé composition. It incorporates a number of those world wide instruments I mentioned earlier, from the tabla to the didgeridoo, and is a rather playful piece incorporating all of the unique sounds which come from the instruments. What the mind thinks should emerge as no more than a cacophony, is in reality a beautiful piece. Djolé is a group who's music excites and explores new avenues of approach, blending the not so obvious with traditional arrangements. They are to be enjoyed, and listened to repeatedly.

the musicians

Joby Baker (Bass, Drums, Synthesizer & Voice).

Doug Galbraith (Kora, Nylon String Guitar, Electric Guitar, Drums, Clave, Conga, Djembe & Sabar).

Niel Golden (Tabla, Doumbek, Tar, Tambourine, Woodblock & Shaker).

Sara Marreiros (Voice).

Scott Sheerin (Flute, Soprano Saxophone).

Tobin Stokes (Piano & Vibes).

Also featuring performance contributions by:

Michael Baron (Hand Drum & Shaker).

Stephen Kent (Didgeridoo, Click Stick & Shaker).

Enrique Rivas (Surdo & Cuica).

Dean Samuel (Mbira).

Daniel Tate (Electric Piano).

Douglas Pashley
Eye of a Hurricane

Born to a musical family, Doug Pashley showed an aptitude for music early in life, beginning 10 years of piano studies at the Royal Conservatory at the age of four. By 16 he was fluently playing many other instruments and was spurred to study composing and conducting at Malispina College of Jazz at the University of Victoria. After that he went on to private studies, in orchestration and composing, with the eminent Cuban composer Sergio Barroso.

After a period of song writing and club/studio playing in Los Angeles, Douglas moved to Japan. He spent the next 6 years as a songwriter/producer/arranger as well as writing for T.V., Radio, and a variety of artists. He recorded for the Fun House Inc. then Japan's fifth largest recording company. It was here that he recorded and released his first album Bite The Bullet. Fun House boasted a healthy sales record for the album in Europe and Asia.

While in Japan he became a member of the Board of Directors of Sam Corporation, a multi-media company. He also hosted radio shows and wrote scores and jingles for many large corporate T.V. shows.

In 1992 Douglas moved to London, England as president of Sam Corp. U.K. and C.E.O of Master Rock Studios Where he collaborated with Gus Dugeon (renown producer of Elton John, XTC, David Bowie, Chris Rea and many others).

In 1995, after 11 productive years honing his skills in the recording industry, Douglas returned to his hometown of Victoria, B.C. to record his latest album of original music on the independent Canadian label, ragged pup records. After co-writing the songs for the album with Wyckham Porteous he gathered around him some of the finest players on the west coast to make the album. The players include many of the regular members of Sara McLachlan's band. At the same time Douglas co-wrote, with David Foster, the Vannessa Williams hit Where Do We Go From Here from the movie Eraser.

Ecclestons imbolic to beltane

Fan Tan Alley
Pennies In The Parking Lot

Fan Tan Alley's newest CD is a tour de force that rocks on like crazy. Over the past year FTA's material has taken on new depth and breadth and this CD shows it ranging from the tender and wistful, like 'Hey - Yesterday', to the melodic (but rocking), like 'Stunned'. The cocky party song 'Wasting Time' is set off by the ominous tones of 'Coming For You'.
Though this music is pretty original, there are certainly influences on it, and a bit of history behind it. Some people hear a Hendrix in the playing of and a few definite Jim Morrison moments in the vocal of, 'Coming for You'.

Genre - ROCK

Track Listing:

  1. Light The Light
  2. Stunned
  3. Gotta Get It
  4. Hey, Yesterday
  5. Coming For You
  6. Something For Now
  7. Wasting Time
  8. The Misadventures of Mr Frog
  9. Time & the Other Day
  10. Heard A Lie
  11. Draw Steel
  12. Light In Your Eyes

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Flora Scott
Then and Now

CD (March 1, 1999)
Original Release Date: March 1, 1999
'Then & Now' represents the span of time over which these tunes were composed. Some were written in the 1920's, 30's, 40's and 50's including an original song "Stay" by Flora herself.
Flora selected these tunes to record because she found the older jazz melodies particularly appealing while at the same time the lyrics are still effective and meaningful by today's standards.
Featuring Hugh Fraser and produced by Claire Lawrence with arrangements by Anita Bonkowski. Also appearing: Campbell Ryga, Ross Taggart, Brad Turner, Ken Lister, Dave Robbins, and Craig Scott.

Produced by Claire Lawrence and Hugh Fraser

Flora Scott - guitar, vocals
Hugh Fraser - trombone, piano
Campbell Ryga - alto and soprano sax
Ross Taggart - piano, tenor sax
Brad Turner - trumpet, flugel horn, piano
Ken Lister - bass
Dave Robbins - drums
Craig Scott - drums

Ford Pier

CD (October 6, 1995)

Very Rare and Out of Print

Ford is a western Canadian prodigy, having performed in such bands as Junior Gone Wild and D.O.A., and now a part of the brilliant Veda Hille ensemble and the NoMeansNo side project Show Business Giants. A wildly brilliant and diverse guitarist and singer.


Backflips and Balloon Animals

Geoffrey Kelly Gringo Star

All tunes composed, played and recorded by Geoffrey Kelly at Basecamp Studio. Mixed by Colin Nairne with help/hindrance from Mr. Kelly at Basecamp Studio. Mastered & assembled by Colin Nairne at Red Room Studio.


    Issue #99 April/May 2002 By Tom Nelligan

    "Gringo Star is the debut solo disc from Scottish-born Vancouver raised flute & whistle player Geoffrey Kelly, who's best known for his work as the wind section of the bands Spirit of the West and the Paperboys. The material is all original instrumentals that confirm Kellys considerable compositional skills in creating something of a heady Canadian microbrew from fine imported Irish and Scottish ingredients. In addition to proficiently blowing into various wooden and metal tubes, he accompanies himself with mixes of guitars, keyboards, bass, and light percussion Some arrangements sound very traditional, like the moody air "The Lonely Biker"; others add jazzy backbeats like the cheerful reel "Sunflower Girl" and it's all great exhilarating music.
    March/ April 2002 By Martin Gilham

    ".........all instrumental, all highly celtic, and all highly infectious with Geoffrey playing all the instruments - the spirit lives...."

Gettin' Higher Choir
Live at the Kaleidoscope Theater

Features many songs from the South African Freedom Movement, and several from the African American tradition, as well as six of composer Harold Moses’ Sacred Geometer Canticles.